Near the end of Sony’s Gamescom press conference Tuesday, Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House took aim at Microsoft and their recent Xbox One policy shifts – a low blow Microsoft Studio’s vice-president Phil Spencer believes was unwarranted.
"While others have shifted their message and changed their story, we were consistent in maintaining policies and a model that is fair and in tune with consumer desires," House exclaimed mockingly before unveiling the PlayStation 4 release date.
Phil Spencer, speaking with Eurogamer Wednesday, responded to House’s comment, noting Microsoft’s policy changes are a result of listening to their consumers – something that’s a strength, not a weakness.
"Other people will do and say what they're going to say. Fine. We're running our program. That's a strength of who we are," Spencer said.
"We built a platform for gamers. Gamers invest their time and their money in the things they want to play, and they're going to invest their time in telling us what they love about the platform, and they're giving us feedback on areas where they have more critical feedback.”
“The two-way conversation we have with our customers is a strength. Certain people have tried to turn that into something that's a bad thing about what we're trying to do, and I just disagree."
As expected, Spencer’s comments in the Eurogamer interview sparked a range of responses from readers across the Internet – from those giving praise to Spencer, Microsoft for not jabbing back, to those blasting the company for Xbox One allegedly not being a platform for gamers.
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